Bob Weir opened up about his new album, ‘Blue Mountain’ and what inspired it in an interview for CBS This Morning Saturday Sessions and performed songs from the album. The legendary Grateful Dead co-founder also spoke about Dead & Company and its future.
The new album ‘Blue Mountain’ is Bob Weir’s first album of entirely new material in three decades. It’s comprised of 12 acoustic tracks which he recorded it last year in Woodstock, New York as well as in and San Rafael, California. Among the collaborators were Josh Ritter, Josh Kaufman, The Walkmen’s Walter Martin and others.
In the interview with CBS News’ Anthony Mason he spoke about the inspiration for the album; his days in Wyoming working as a cowboy, at age 15. He said, “I found my way out to Wyoming and got work on a ranch out there and I was living on a bunkhouse. I was the kid on the ranch so I got to shovel a lot of stalls.”
Continuing, he said, “There wasn’t much to do but tell stories and sing songs. I was the kid with the guitar.” He characterized the music as “high wide and lonesome” and went on to reflect upon how over the years, he remained mindful of it. He said, “All during the Grateful Dead years I’d sing a cowboy-esque song because I could.”
He also spoke about why he found the music so compelling: “I like the lonesome. It’s not exactly blues but it’s not exactly not blues.”
He was also asked about the future of Dead and Company — which is comprised of surviving Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann plus John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenthe — and whether they plan to tour again.
Weir said, “That’s the plan but I’m not supposed to talk about that. We’re trying to stay open to that.”
You can see the full video of Bob Weir’s interview plus the performances of “Only A River,” “Ghost Towns” and “Cottonwood Lullaby” below.